Cadillac SRX First Generation Forum - 2004 - 2009 Discussion, Radiator return nipple broke in Cadillac SRX Forums; So, while trying to get the belt back on after replacing the alternator on my wife's 2005 SRX, I managed ...
So, while trying to get the belt back on after replacing the alternator on my wife's 2005 SRX, I managed to break the return nipple off (that the overflow/return hose fits to on the radiator itself.) I guess due to age, that piece of plastic was bound to break at sometime. I guess best in my driveway, rather than being stranded again. Anyway, my question is, is it possible to have that repaired, or does the entire radiator need to be replaced? I am guessing the entire *** thing. If so, is it a DIY or take-to-a-shop-and-let-them-deal-with-it job? Any instructions that anyone knows of for replacing one?
Thanks to glake89, without him, I wouldn't have known where to even start.
I was able to get it completed. Putting back together wasn't bad at all... in fact, I had to look several times to make sure I hadn't forgotten something But, when taking a part, wow. Took me probably half a day total, mainly because of the stupid lower radiator hose clamp and the angle it was that left no way to get to it. To the point that I was thinking about just cutting the hose and replacing ... well, until I found out it was a hundred bucks for that sucker.
But, in the end, I was able to get it done and put back together. So far so good. No obvious leaks. Coolant level is staying put. So, I am cautiously optimistic that this several hundred bucks will last a while. FYI, I got radiator from O'Reilly Autoparts for just over 200, but with the core charge from the alternator that I had to replace (that lead to the radiator issue) it was around 180. They ordered it at about 2pm and by 7a the next morning they had it. Can't credit them enough either.
So, in the end, I have discovered that it is possible to change the alternator and radiator in this thing. It is a beast to do, but it can be done. Next time though, I may have to take it in. But, I persevered with a couple of 10mm wrenches (two ratchets and an open end), vice grips (regular and needle nose), a screwdriver ... blood, sweat, and not too proud to admit, probably some tears. Definitely some choice words a time or two. And a week.
Is it possible to thread in a metal fitting into the plastic with a barbed connection??
No I've tried on other vehicles it just can't handle the pressure after the repair. Best way on any return nipple is the radiator replacement it sucks but hey at least you get a lifetime warranty afterwards